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humane societySeveral rabbits, a chinchilla, love birds, Cockatiels, guinea pigs and cats are now up for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society after they were rescued last Friday from a Caledonia farm.

In total, officers seized 24 animals, but now the Wisconsin Humane Society is looking for new homes for the animals.

“We are excited to share that many of the animals are now available for adoption at WHS’s Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses,” said Angela Speed, of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “Others remain under observation, including a mommy guinea pig who gave birth at the shelter, as well as her two babies.”

According to the criminal complaint, Caledonia police were dispatched Oct. 13 to a farm in the 7800 block of 6-Mile Road for a report of animal neglect. A witness said they were concerned about the conditions in which fourteen horses, three donkeys, two emus, numerous turkeys, ducks, swans, guinea pigs, cats and birds – as well as Schmidtke – were living and felt Schmidtke was overwhelmed with carrying for so many animals.

Susan Schmidtke will face two felony counts of mistreatment of animals; three misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper outdoor shelter for animals; two misdemeanor counts of intentionally mistreating animals; two misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper food and drink to confined animals; and one misdemeanor count of failure to provide proper animal shelter sanitation standards.

If convicted, she faces up to 13 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines. Schmidtke will be in court Nov. 4 for her initial appearance and charges are officially filed against her.

If you’d like to make a donation for any of these animals, please indicate “for Caledonia animals” in the comments section of the donation form (

To see who is available now, go to this page: They all have “Caledonia” indicated after their name.


4630 Douglas Ave, Racine, WI 53402 (262) 639-7500
Happy Tails Pet Supplies, 5200 Douglas Avenue, in Caledonia. Or call them at 262-800-3133


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.